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Fashion designer creates hub for NM designers

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Last year a blogger named Albuquerque one of the worst dressed cities in the country. One woman wants to change that by starting up a fashion district in the Duke City.

LA and New York each have one, but will it work here?

Award-winning fashion designer Melissa Lea Beasley moved her Albuquerque Apparel Center to the Galeria at 2nd and Copper earlier this month. She’s hoping to make it the hub for designers- Albuquerque’s own fashion district.

She has plans for a fashion school and retail outlets featuring New Mexico and southwest designers.

Beasley also wants the space to be a place where designers can go for fabric, tools and supplies.

She’s now planning a fashion week to showcase designers from across the state and give designers the opportunity to meet with potential buyers.

“Even though our fashion district is located in Albuquerque, we are a state-wide office and we are currently networking everyone in the state of New Mexico who works in the fashion industry, finding out where they are, what they do and what they need,” said Beasley.

The Indiana-native said she’s surprised Albuquerque doesn’t already have a place like this for designers:

“People from all over the world come here to shop, designers from all over the world, Italian designers and French designers, they all come here to gain inspiration for their collections,” explained Beasley.

She said New Mexico is the perfect place for jobs in fashion because the cost of living is low. Plus, there’s already an emphasis to buy products made in America.

Beasley is hopeful stores, like the new Nordstrom Rack will consider buying from local designers.

Fashion week kicks off May 30th.

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